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The Devils Cornfield 84 x 24
Deserted 60 x 20
Sunset-Moonrise 24 x 16
Desert Night 24 x 16
After the Rain 24 x 16
A Place Called Purgatory 30 X 12
Wahweap Toadstools 28 x 20
Twisted Layers 24 x 16
Black Rock Canyon-UM 45 x 15
Shaped by Time-UM 24 x 16
Difficult Times-UM 24 x 15
Desert Garden-UM 24 x 16
Rooted in Rock UM 24 x 16
Trail To Wahweap Toadstools 28 x 20
The Trail Ahead 54 x 24
Seasons Change 54 x 24
Winter Approaches 40 x 28
Watching You 28 x 20
Survivor 28 x 20
Sunset at Coral Pink Sand Dunes 28 x20
Sun Baked 28 x 20
Last of the Desert Snow 28 x 20
Desert Life 28 x 20
Colors of the Desert 28 x 20
Chimney Rock 28 x 20

A Place Called Purgatory 30 X 12

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A Place Called Purgatory 30" X 12"
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After a hike up a desert canyon we find an area suitably named by the pioneers who discovered the place “Little Purgatory”. It is hotter than any where around as it is an enclosed basin, only desert tortoises and a few selected desert creatures can tolerate the searing heat and dry conditions found here. For humans, scaling down the cliffs would be a perilous activity. Looking over the scene is a plant known as a Century plant (Agave Americana), as beautiful as this plant is, it is semelparous, meaning it flowers once and then dies, usually  living for 30 years, but some plants have been recorded as old as 80 years. However, the flower can grow up to 30 feet high with the leaves at 5 feet long at the base covering up to 10 feet in diameter.  The plant leaves suckers from which new plants germinate.

 

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